December 6, 2011 / News

Astronaut returns yearbook after trip to outer space

Written by Evan Blackwell, CJE

Astronaut Mark Kelly will be visiting Mesa Verde Elementary School in Tucson, Ariz., today and he will be returning a special memento when he arrives.

Kelly took a copy of last year’s Mesa Verde yearbook with him into space on the final flight of space shuttle Endeavor, which he commanded from May 16 to June 1.

The yearbook contained a tribute to Mesa Verde student Christina-Taylor Green, who was one of the victims in the January 2011 shooting at the Tucson event for U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords.

Evan Blackwell, CJE

Evan Blackwell, CJE, is a Web Content Specialist for walsworthyearbooks.com and yearbookhelp.com, as well as a regular contributor to Idea File magazine. He's been a writer and editor for Walsworth Yearbooks for the past 13 years, and is the author of the Yearbook Suite's "The Art of the Interview" unit. Prior to joining Walsworth, Blackwell spent five years as an award-winning newspaper and magazine journalist. He holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Kansas.